In fairness, the RUSI are over egging the pudding a bit. Still, 36 2S19 and 12 BM21 are nothing to sneeze at.So, dying pointlessly while marching up and down or riding horses is the order of the day?
" In a statement accompanying the release of the report RUSI highlighted the scale of the capability shortage problem facing the British.
The cornerstone of the British military's entire fires capability runs to only two regiments of 24 aging AS90 155-mm, 39-calibre, self-propelled howitzers.
Its 16 Air Assault Brigade and 3 Commando Brigade can each field just two batteries of six 105-mm light guns.
And the UK’s Multiple Launch Rocket System is issued with a GPS-guided rocket with a unitary warhead, which is inaccurate in the face of extensive Russian GPS jamming, is unable to course-correct and so cannot reliably engage dynamic targets, and has 85 km range, as compared with 120 km for Russian systems.
By contrast a Russian motor-rifle brigade alone fields an organic fires compliment of 81 artillery pieces, ranging from 152-mm and 203-mm self-propelled howitzers to 300-mm, multiple-launch rocket systems, the RUSI study said.
As a minimum, analysts argue, a credible British fires capability would need to include:
a battery of antitank guided missiles per battle group;
a battery of self propelled 120-mm mortars per battle group;
at least 72 155-mm, 52-calibre self-propelled howitzers with anti-armor, area-effect munitions;
and a regiment of multiple-launch rocket systems with a compliment of anti-armor, area-effect munitions, plus long-range precision fire "
“The UK’s ground forces are comprehensively outgunned and outranged, leaving enemy artillery free to prosecute fire missions with impunity,www.defensenews.com
I’ve been drawing replacement range rings for the battlebox just recently. Fun fact: I didn’t do any for the Russian artillery because at 1:25k a 2S19 range ring is just shy of 9 square metres...